There has never been a stranger time for an MLB rookie to make their major league debut. We’re already witnessing history in Wednesday’s Tigers/White Sox game, as it is only the 13th time in major league history two prospect pitchers are making their debut against one another (excluding September call ups).
The Tigers obviously know the excitement for Casey Mize’s big league debut is huge, they’ve created hype videos, people were sharing images of Mize watching Tarik Skubal’s Tuesday debut, and overall Tigers fans are just ready to see what their future looks like.
Typically when a player makes their major league debut, their family are in the stands, sharing polite and nervous conversation with Johnny Kane while they wait breathlessly for the first MLB hit, or strikeout, depending on which side of the bag their son is on. It’s a huge part of the debut, having mom and dad watching from the stands, wearing one of the first custom jersey’s with that player’s name and number on it.
For Isaac Paredes, Tarik Skubal, and now Casey Mize, that experience won’t quite be the same. While Mize’s parents are planning to be in Chicago watching the game nearby, his whole family got together to wish him well in a video posted by the Tigers. It’ll get you a little misty-eyed, and a lot excited.
Good luck, @Casey_Mize!— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 19, 2020
❤️, your family. #DetroitRoots pic.twitter.com/wKqphaEeJg
The Tigers also dropped this hype graphic, in case you weren’t already cancelling your plans in order to stay home tonight.
Final stop: The Show!— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 19, 2020
We have selected the contract of RHP Casey Mize, who will make his Major League debut tonight against the White Sox. Mize will wear No. 12. pic.twitter.com/HOUkIxOWem
Let’s see how Mize does for himself and the team in his first big league start tonight.